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Women Don’t Have to Keep Reliving Trauma in Therapy

During treatment for an addiction, women can discover many things about themselves, and information about how the disease affects their body, mind and spirit. Sometimes deep pain surfaces as the underlying force which has driven them to substance abuse.

Too many women suffer from sexual, physical and emotional violence. After surviving a violent incident, or multiple incidences, they can experience post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Having PTSD can feel like one is reliving the violence or having intrusive thoughts or images.  With PTSD, anything, even in the most minute happenstance can trigger overwhelming fear. These snags or triggers cause the woman to be on constant alert, or hypervigilant.

When women seek help for PTSD and treatment to resolve trauma inflicted upon them, they often have to retell their horrific experiences to their therapist. Depending upon the type of therapy, she may feel like she’s reliving the trauma all over again. Though therapeutic practices are designed to work slowly, so as to avoid flooding, any woman could become flooded or overwhelmed with emotion, start to hyperventilate, and may even dissociate.

One form of therapy that doesn’t involve much talking is bodywork. Bodywork is a broad term for many different kinds of therapeutic touch. They include: Massage, Acupressure, Rolfing, Shiatsu, Feldenkrais, Trager, Craniosacral Therapy, Reflexology, Reiki, and more. When it comes to the relief of trauma, bodywork operates on the premise that trauma is stored in the body on a cellular level. By manipulating muscles and or using other techniques, the trauma can be accessed and may be relieved. If so, the relief may not be lasting.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of therapy which requires less talk than traditional therapy. The process is done through using bilateral stimulation via tappers held in each hand, or visually following the therapist’s finger from side to side. It is not known exactly why EMDR is so effective, but specialists in the field believe it works like REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, in the same way as we process dreams. No matter, EMDR has been empirically proven to relieve women (and men) from PTSD and residual suffering caused by a traumatic event.  The WHO (World Health Organization) recently recognized EMDR as an effective treatment for trauma.

Villa Tranquil, located in Jupiter Farms, Florida, is a women’s transitional living home and program that offers every client a new and successful pathway to recovery. We believe the base of our holistic living ideology requires complete integration of green and sustainable living practices. Call us today for information:  (561) 294-0427